What do you think of Elliot?

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I like this name and am considering naming ds3, due Jan, Elliot. When I have mentioned this to some family members they pull a face while saying 'oh really? Er, that's nice'. What are they thinking that they haven't got the balls to say to a hormonal pregnant woman? Am I missing something?

VBisme Mon 30-Sep-13 19:00:19

I like Elliot.

cranberryorange Mon 30-Sep-13 19:03:48

ET, but very nice unless shortened to El like my nephew which makes it naff.

koalacube Mon 30-Sep-13 19:06:33

I like it and it was on my list for DS1 and DS2 but DH wasn't keen. smile

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 19:08:13

I think it's nice, a bit kind of cutesy perhaps? but still nice.
Can I throw in Elias as a wild card?

FellatioNelson Mon 30-Sep-13 19:10:10

It's quite nineties but I really like it. I nearly called my 20 year old Elliott. Changed my mind at the very last minute. It's never become over-used.

Interesting thoughts, thanks. I can imagine the potential ET references might be the issue but that movie must be almost 30 years old now - bloody Spielberg.

I don't mind if it's a bit cutesy - Elias might be a little to wild to pass without grief in this neck of the woods.

The most vocal opponent is ds1 (6) who insists it's a girl's name.

TheApprentice Mon 30-Sep-13 19:22:48

I have an Elliot. He is 5. I still really love his name and am glad that we chose it. I don't think its cutesy at all, although he's not really a cutesy sort of boy so that maybe part of it!

Apparently it is being used as a girl's name sometimes now - someone from one of those American V shows I don't watch was a woman called Elliot. That's a bit of a shame to me, as I see it very much as a boy's name.

elcranko Mon 30-Sep-13 19:22:51

I love Elliot! Although I do actually like it for a girl too, it's definitely a boy's name IMO.

TheApprentice Mon 30-Sep-13 19:23:12

TV shows, not V shows!

TheApprentice Mon 30-Sep-13 19:24:16

Oh yes - another thing. We never mentioned it to anyone before he was born so if people don't like it then at least I don't know they don't like it!

Smart move TheApprentice. I don't know why I'm canvassing opinions this time around, I didn't feel the need to before. I think I will go with Elliot, I do love it.

toobreathless Mon 30-Sep-13 19:44:24

Love it.

TooTryHard Mon 30-Sep-13 19:47:16

It's not my style but I've always thought it was nice. I don't think it's cutesy either.

Love it. I wanted to use it but already have a Harriet and they sound too alike.

MummyBeerest Mon 30-Sep-13 19:56:16

I love it. Was on my list if DD was a boy.

Lioncubs Mon 30-Sep-13 20:53:09

Love it. Don't get opinions from others if you like or it may make things confusing in the over hormonal state :-)

Lioncubs Mon 30-Sep-13 20:53:54

I mean if you like the name. Stop asking others now and just keep it for the arrival

TeamJavert Mon 30-Sep-13 20:57:15

I think it's horrid. I hate the way it sounds. I detest E.T. Not sure if that's responsible for my dislike of the name.

getmeoutofthismadhouse Mon 30-Sep-13 21:01:37

I love it. I wanted it for my ds' middle name .

grin Don't suppose there's any chance you are my sister TeamJavert?

Lioncubs you are right. I was just making sure there aren't any axe-murdering Elliot's that has put people off or such like. I do think I'll stick with it.

miffybun73 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:09:01

I'm afraid that it is my least favourite name ever, it makes me shudder.

Not really sure why exactly, but I hate ET and there was an awful boy at school who teased/bullied me called Elliott. (I know one other who is now 3 and is lovely, but that hasn't converted me)

Come to think of it those two reasons probably explain it.

miffybun73 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:11:03

My post wasn't in response to yours OP. If you love the name then go for it. Naming a baby is a very personal thing and for any given name loads of people will love it and loads will hate it smile

Snazzyenjoyingsummer Mon 30-Sep-13 21:14:40

I also love it and think it's not an easy name to pigeonhole. The woman in the medical series called Elliot has sparked this notion that it's a girl's name; however, I've met various Elliots IRL but they've all been boys. I think the use of it for girls is much more an American thing.

Oh, and who doesn't like ET? You monsters! grin

That's ok miffybun. I don't need it to be a universally loved name I just didn't want to burden this child with a universally disliked name.

CleverOl10 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:16:00

It's on my list! smile I haven't mentioned it to anyone yet though, as I can't decide if I love it, or just like it!

Mamafratelli Mon 30-Sep-13 21:21:17

Love it but she vetoed it.

The best looking man I have ever met was called Elliot. smile

Mamafratelli Mon 30-Sep-13 21:21:37

Dh vetoed not she!

Mamafratelli I can imagine that would be a hard sell if your dh was aware that it reminded you of the best looking man you had ever met grin

TallulahBetty Mon 30-Sep-13 21:50:54

I like it. How about Ellis? This was my favorite when pregnant.

DurhamDurham Mon 30-Sep-13 21:54:13

I love the name Elliot, we chose that for our first born if we had a boy (we had a girl) This was despite the fact that we lived in a street with the same name. We knew we wouldn't be living there for ever so were prepared to put up jibes about naming our child after the street we lived in.

Tikkamasala Mon 30-Sep-13 23:14:37

I really like it.

Wriggers Tue 01-Oct-13 07:49:25

Love it!

pegster Tue 01-Oct-13 07:55:20

Love it but sadly too close to our surname so didn't/couldn't make our short list

I think it's lovely. Family will always be a bit odd about names. My MIL still can't pronounce Charlotte for lord's sake. She goes SharLOTTE very deliberately...

Sunnysummer Tue 01-Oct-13 08:09:44

Girl or boy? Although it used to be a boys name, I now know two small girl Elliots (plus Scrubs!), so think of it as more female.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Tue 01-Oct-13 08:34:40

Love it, suits all ages.

AnythingNotEverything Tue 01-Oct-13 08:40:08

I'm not a fan, but mainly because where I live no one pronounces the final "t".

If you love it, then go for it.

It's DS's middle name. Would have been his 1st name but rhymes with DDs name exactly and thought it sounded a bit silly having kids with rhyming names.

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 01-Oct-13 12:18:58

I love Elliot. For a boy only.

In the series Scrubs, Elliot does say in an early episode, her dad had wanted a boy and that's why she was given a boy's name. Scrubs never tried to suggest Elliot is a female name, in fact it's the opposite, and they made it clear it was a male name used on a girl!

juneau Tue 01-Oct-13 12:31:24

I love it. I wanted to call DS1 Elliott, but DH didn't like it. I didn't manage to persuade him to call DS2 Elliott either sad

Raahh Tue 01-Oct-13 13:45:47

I have an Elliot -he's nearly 11. I still love it- very rarely come across another, (not that that bothers me), and no-one ever makes the E.T connection- or the Pete's Dragon connection eithergrin.

And (because just seeing half the title, I was worried you were considering it for a girl)- I came on to make the same 'Scrubs' point Freedom made as I have on many Elliot threads over the years. grin

There are at least 3 accepted spellings - Elliot, Elliott, Eliot though, which can sometimes pose a problem. The first one is rightwink.

squoosh Tue 01-Oct-13 16:50:42

I like the name Elliot but it always reminds me of this scene


birdofthenorth Tue 01-Oct-13 20:55:33

Love it. Know some adult and child ones. Has a lovely sound to it.

ch1134 Tue 01-Oct-13 22:44:26

When I went to school we had these temporary classrooms, like portacabins, and they were always called 'the elliott huts'. I don't know why, but it makes me think of a run down school!

harrygracejessica Wed 02-Oct-13 09:26:50

I've got an Elliot, loved the name and luckily DH did too :-)

laura0007 Wed 02-Oct-13 09:35:03

Elliot will be my DSs middle name when he's born in feb smile

Love Elliot, really love it.

CleverOl10 Wed 02-Oct-13 15:11:17

I ran it past my DH and he also likes it so it has moved to the top of our list for boys! Prefer the spelling Elliot.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 02-Oct-13 18:45:35

I like it...for a boy. Knew one at school.

The only girl one I've ever come across was the doctor in scrubs and it was one of the initial gags really, dad wanted a boy, gave her the boys name even though she was a girl etc etc.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 02-Oct-13 18:46:25

I always think Elliot is a first name, Elliott is a surname and Eliot is plain wrong. But that's just me.

Raahh Wed 02-Oct-13 20:29:46

Alis- that's my theory exactly!

CaptainCupcake Wed 02-Oct-13 20:34:15

My eldest has Elliot as a middle name. I love it!

EugenesAxe Wed 02-Oct-13 20:36:11

Watch the film 'The Sure Thing'. Personally, I'm a bit on the fence about it, although a good friend's son is Elliot and he's lovely, which helps.

Hah! squoosh beat me to it!

Norfolknway Wed 02-Oct-13 20:36:33

I love it.
I think it's a strong name. Unfortunately, DP doesn't like it sad back to the drawing board!

wafflingworrier Wed 02-Oct-13 20:53:18

I don't really like it, its a surname to me
but if you like it, ignore me!

CordeliaRose Wed 02-Oct-13 21:12:59

Elliot - I think it's fabulous!

sonniboo Thu 03-Oct-13 06:53:11

Nice name but the short forms El or Ellie sound a little feminine imo.

HollyBen Thu 03-Oct-13 07:13:13

I know 2 Elliot's. When I first heard it I was a bit unsure, but it has really grown on me. I think it's one of those names that you rarely hear outside of baby and toddler groups which makes people a bit [hmmm]. I do think it has become more popular of late if that concerns you

bananamummy Thu 03-Oct-13 13:00:34

We know one who goes by El, which sounds like Elle so quite feminine.

Rotterwallah Thu 03-Oct-13 13:07:14

i'm not keen on surnames as names. i also have a suspicion it might become the Brett of this generation, i know a few.

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